When thinking of the Seattle Skyline, your first thought is likely the iconic Space Needle. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle is located just north of the downtown area at Seattle Center. Upon opening, it drew over 2 million visitors - nearly 20,000 per day during the World's Fair!
Rising 605 feet into the air, the 41 second ride to the top of the Space Needle thrills more than 1 million visitors annually, making it the #1 tourist attraction in the Northwest. It was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River and was built to withstand winds of 200 miles per hour and an earthquake with a 9.1 magnitude.
The observation deck is located 520 feet above sea level and boasts 360° views of Seattle and surrounding neighborhoods, bodies of water and mountains. A world class restaurant, Sky City, is located just below the observation deck and offers diners an exquisite revolving experience so you can sit back, dine and enjoy all the views from the comforts of your seat.
When staying at the Paramount Hotel Seattle, you are within minutes of the Space Needle. Take the monorail from Westlake Center at 5th Avenue, a 90 second ride to Seattle Center, dropping you off at the base of the Needle!
Photo credits: Space Needle LLC (Top Left; Bottom); Dllu (Top Right)